floatingleaf: (snowflakes)
It's been mind-numbingly cold for most of the week. I have zero energy, very little motivation for anything and no exciting news to share. So here's my own version of the year-end meme that's been making the rounds. I skipped some questions that seemed pointless, annoying or simply didn't apply.

2014 in review )
floatingleaf: (snowflake)
Wow. It really is murder out there. Sparkling white, frigid oblivion. The radiators are blasting hot, but I can still feel the icy wind cutting through the cracks in my old window frames. You'd have to pay me a million bucks to make me go outside right now. And it's supposed to get colder by tomorrow morning. BUT I have good news. Our office will be closed. They sent out the automatic voicemail to all employees around 4:00 this afternoon; and then my boss also called me on her cellphone to confirm that I got it. So that was a massive relief. I am also immensely glad that I dragged my ass out to the grocery store yesterday. I did get my period on Friday night, so I was feeling pretty crappy; but I also knew that the weather was going to get worse later, and that the sooner I manage to stock up on food, the better. So I grit my teeth, bundled up and trudged, ankle-deep in snow, to the supermarket. It was an exhausting enterprise that took about two hours... LOL. But it is done, and I didn't have to face the Arctic blast today (or tomorrow). And since I also don't have to go to bed early tonight, I might just as well attempt that year-end meme I have seen floating around...

2013 in review )
floatingleaf: (fiery autumn)
As usual, my parents are doing the turkey dinner thing on Sunday, because today my sister celebrates with her husband's family. So I spent the day on my own. Slept in a bit, cleaned the place, then watched some Lost (yes, I'm still at it... almost half-way through the final season, though; and I do want to finish it... while at the same time I don't, because then it'll be over, and I've gotten sort of addicted to it, LOL). Oh, and also did some texting.:D Yes, the usual suspect IS celebrating Thanksgiving with her family - but somehow that didn't prevent her from texting me on-and-off throughout the day... LOL. Who am I to complain about that?...:P

Anyway... I haven't done a silly meme in a while, so here's one snagged from [livejournal.com profile] meathiel:

1. What time did you get up this morning? Around nine, I think.
2. How do you like your steak? I don't eat steak. *shudder*
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Floating Skyscrapers. A Polish gay love story. Very depressing...
4. What is your favourite TV show? Lost, obviously - since it's the only one I've watched in years...:D
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I was gonna say Greece - but it's probably not a fun place right now due to the economic crisis... so I don't know. Somewhere warm and sunny, with plenty of trees and water and a quaint historic town nearby...
6. What did you have for breakfast? The usual - a small bowl of instant grits & a cup of Earl Grey with lemon & honey...
7. What is your favourite cuisine? Moroccan, probably - the little that I know of it through attempting a few recipes, LOL. But really, I love anything Mediterranean, and a lot of Asian, too. I'm up to trying anything, really - unless it contains some creepy animal parts.:P
8. What foods do you dislike? Beef. Anything with mint in it. Dark, bitter chocolate. Anything burnt (even very slightly). Anything with artificial coloring that looks like plastic...
9. Favourite place to eat? Don't really have one right now. Haven't gone out to eat in a while...
10. Favourite dressing? Italian. Or anything with balsamic vinegar...

the rest under the cut )
floatingleaf: (Floating Leaf)
Snagged from all over my flist:

How did you come to start your LJ?

I was introduced to LJ through the VC fandom. I had joined a mailing list for Anne Rice fans a few months before, and some people on that list had links to LJ accounts in their emails. So I checked them out, and became intrigued with the idea of an online journal. At first it seemed outrageously exhibitionistic somehow - to post about your personal life online - but I felt very lonely and confused at that point in my life, and needed some sort of outlet for the emotional chaos I was going through... so I got over my inhibitions pretty quickly.:P

Lots & lots more... )
floatingleaf: (winter forest)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] versailles_rose:

Your Brain is a Pisces

Your style of thinking is very intuitive and subconscious. In fact, you tend to be unaware of your own processes.

You see the interconnectedness of the world more than most people. Your conclusions come from a lot of depth and synthesis.

You don't think you have all the answers or that you can control what happens. You are the furthest thing possible from a know-it-all.

You simply do your best to try to understand the world and people around you, without fear or judgment.

Big surprise, that. ;)

Also, it took me two hours today to get to work. That's right. I kid you not. TWO HOURS. Because, for the first time this winter, we actually got some snow (not THAT much, mind you), and it seemed to paralyze Chicago's entire public transportation system. Now, if this happened in Texas or Florida, I wouldn't be surprised; but here? Seriously? The weather's been SOOO much worse in recent years, and yet, my commute has never lasted this long before. What gives? By the time I arrived at the office, I was chilled to the bone, numb all over and ready to just curl up in a blanket and take a long nap. And I pretty much stayed in this frame of mind for the rest of the day...

And I thought I had other things to say, but my brain isn't cooperating. Ah well... bedtime, then. *sighs in defeat*
floatingleaf: (fallen leaf)
So, there is this meme I stole a while back from [personal profile] goddessofchaos. I give you a letter and you have to write about 10 things to do with that letter and what they mean to you. [personal profile] goddessofchaos gave me M. Took me long enough to come up with ten things starting with M that I wanted to write about, but here they are. Oh, and if you want a random letter from me, let me know.:)

my 10 things )
floatingleaf: (violinist lestat)
Just a little meme thingy that has been going around:

Your Name is Blue

Your name tells people that you are friendly and caring. You have a strong sense of empathy, and you aren't afraid to wear your heart for all to see.

You can often be found in quiet reflection. You rather think about something than act on it.

People see you as insightful and intuitive. You usually have a wise take on what's going on.

You try to rise above your instincts. You believe that it's important to live as good of a life as possible.

Interesting, since blue is my favorite color. And mostly accurate. I don't always "wear my heart for all to see" in direct human interactions - but I most certainly do here in this journal.:) Also, I'm not quite sure what they mean by "rise above your instincts" - if it's just a pretty way of saying that I hardly ever do anything impulsive, then yes, it would indeed be quite correct.:P

Which is going to sound quite amusing in light of the fact that I just bought four pairs of shoes. Yes, FOUR. )

See? I made a happy post about a mundane, "real life" subject.:) Not all hope is lost, it seems.:P But rest assured I will now promptly go back to reading vampire fanfic.:D Let me just share something inspiring before I go. Snakeskin - an awesome musical project headed by Tilo Wolff from Lacrimosa. Which, in case you don't know, is my favorite goth rock band of all time.:) Snakeskin is more darkwave electronica than rock, I suppose, but it is equally gorgeous - and very much in keeping with my current gothy mood (the album Canta'Tronic has some interesting song titles, btw; like, for example, Mortal Life, Bite Me or Stonecoldhands...;). Here's my favorite track, Etterna (the video contains images of Tilo Wolff - the composer - and the vocalist who accompanies him on this album, the opera singer Kerstin Doelle):

floatingleaf: (bridge)
Snagged from [personal profile] meathiel:

You Are a Mermaid

You are a total daydreamer, and people tend to think you're flakier than you actually are.

While your head is often in the clouds, you'll always come back to earth to help someone in need.

Beyond being a caring person, you are also very intelligent and rational.

You understand the connections of the universe better than almost anyone else.

Mostly accurate, I suppose. Though the connections of the universe still elude me, I must say.:D

It was hot and humid today, and I am exhausted. The heat always makes my allergies flare up. My eyes are itchy, my head feels like it's full of cotton wool and I can't stand looking at the computer screen for too long. Of course I wanted to make a longer post, but after running my errands I just collapsed like a wrung-out rag.:/

I wish I could say I'll be back here tomorrow... but, to be honest, I have no idea. *sigh*
floatingleaf: (field of poppies)
Apparently, I haven't done a silly Blogthings quiz in a while.:) So here's one stolen from [personal profile] meathiel:

You Are Yoga

You seek balance in your life, and you really like taking the time to unplug.

But you're not the type of person who could simply unplug by taking a nap. You're too driven for that.

You aim to improve yourself in as many ways as you can. You want to be a better person.

Yoga is perfect for you because it makes you healthier, calmer, and more compassionate.

Driven?... Moi?... HAHAHA. Nope. Not unless I am a passenger in someone else's car.:D

But I do think this result is a sign. "Reading" probably suits me better - but it so happens that I've been doing some research on Kundalini yoga, and it sounds like precisely the kind of holistic body/mind exercise I could greatly benefit from. The theory of it makes absolutely perfect sense to me. The practice requires mostly patience and quiet introspection - which is what I'm made of. Plus, there are free lessons available online, and apparently a lot of people are doing it entirely by themselves, without the need to join a group/find a teacher etc. It's a solitary practice, by definition. There's a mailing list on Yahoo!Groups that I could join for tips/advice - but I think I'm going to just "try it at home" first and see if I get anywhere (I've never actually attempted to meditate in the traditional sense, and I suspect that "emptying my mind" of all the rushing thoughts might prove quite the challenge; but I instinctively know that this is precisely what I need, because it's the "static" in my brain that's driving me nuts, as well as the constantly rushing world around me - I need to be able to distance myself from it and "recharge" without moving to a remote cave somewhere high in the mountains... lol).

Well... I don't really want to write much about it until I've had a chance to experience some results (which, at this point, is not a given). But stay tuned if you like.:)

In other news, there was a vicious hailstorm tonight. For about 10-15 minutes, the noise was deafening, and I was really afraid my window panes might break. But at least I wasn't caught outside in it, which would have been scary (and painful).

I am behind on comments to other people's posts, and I had hoped to catch up tonight - but then I couldn't resist taking the quiz, which then compelled me to write this entry... and now it's getting late.:/ Same old story. I only feel inspired to post when I really shouldn't - but if I do wait until I "have the time", the inspiration is usually gone... *sigh*
floatingleaf: (violets)
Happy Birthday, [personal profile] anwyn_elfmaiden! Slightly belated, but no less heartfelt and sincere.;) I hope you had a great day...

And since I don't really have time to say anything else, here's a meme snagged from [personal profile] goddessofchaos:

Ask me something you'd be curious to know about me about anything within reason. I will answer most things and I'll answer here.

Feel free to copy this game on your journals so I (and your other friends) can learn something new about you :-)

I'm not expecting a great deal of responses - but there are a few relatively new people on my flist who don't know all that much about me yet, so... ;)
floatingleaf: (dreamy)
Comment to this entry and I'll give you a letter. List ten things that you love that begin with that letter and then post that list on your journal.

[personal profile] kehleyr gave me "S"... an easy one.:)

Here goes:

spring (can it come soon?... *wistful sigh*)
storms (especially summer storms :)
stories (as in "fiction")

Can you tell I am extremely ready for a change of season?...;)
floatingleaf: (cat)
Stolen from [personal profile] crowdaughter:

I'm running a test to see who's reading my posts. So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don't just post a word and not copy - that's not as much fun!
floatingleaf: (lantern)
So this meme-thing has been making its rounds through my flist...

A summary of the year 2011... )
floatingleaf: (vanishing point)
Stolen from [personal profile] taelyn_sass:

You Are a Danish

You are sweet and optimistic. You find a lot to be happy about in this world, and you are easy on yourself.

You love to take it easy, and you prefer when things are peaceful. You don't mind a little solitude.

Because you are your own best friend, you find it easy to be a good friend to others.

You are patient and kind. You understand that people need acceptance more than anything else.

I am a Danish. A DANISH! Get that, fellow Viggo fans?... *massive wink* :D
floatingleaf: (dreamy)
Cute little meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] gairid:

Your Soul's Spice is Basil

You value deep, authentic relationships. You're not big on small talk.

You are deeply spiritual, even if you don't talk about it much. Deep down you are good with yourself and the world.

You are unpretentious and natural. You couldn't be another way even if you tried.

You have a beautiful soul, and it shines through in the way you treat others.

So I've been thinking... Yeah, I know - thinking is all I ever do, LOL. But I've been processing this spiritual talk I mentioned earlier, and I sort of want to tie my own reflections to it. Without any preaching, mind you. You will never see me preach - in this journal or anywhere else. I absolutely cringe at the thought of telling other people what to believe or how to lead their lives. Just like I cringe when other people do the same to me. Which is why I am most likely to explore the ideas of those who are the least "pushy" about spreading them around. Could be my incurable stubornness or something, I don't know. But I digress. Read more... )
floatingleaf: (lost railway)
A cute little quiz stolen from [profile] samtyr:

You Are Ma'at

You believe in doing what's right. You have the inner strength to stick to your guns.

You have a quiet spirituality and balance to you. You don't preach; you lead by example.

You are peaceful and serene. You try to make life go as smoothly as possible.

You have a reassuring nature. Your friends find you to be both soothing and comforting.

I meant to make a longer post, but I totally lack the energy. I didn't sleep well last night, due to a ridiculous time management failure that I am having trouble explaining even to myself. *sigh* See, I took yesterday off work, because I still have a few unused vacation days left, and I desperately needed to clean my place and do some laundry. And I guess I somehow imagined that this "long weekend" was long enough for everything I planned on, including cleaning, shopping, cooking, laundry and downloading tons of music. And somehow it wasn't. Technically, it should be - but somehow I ended up coming back from the laundromat past 10 p.m. last night, having done only one load instead of two. Having spent much of the morning watching random videos on YouTube might have had something to do with that, I admit. *shifty eyes* But still... I had ALL DAY, right? So I was kinda pissed off at myself for such blatant failure to effectively organize my time... and then I couldn't seem to wind down enough to go to sleep. This is kinda typical for me after a "long" weekend - especially if it somehow seems shorter than it should have. Which is usually the case. *sigh*

Anyway... I am dead tired, and can't even muster the brain power to leave any comments to other people's posts - let alone talk about the really interesting film I watched on Friday. I think I'll just hit the pillows.:/

I've been spending entirely too much time with my eyes glued to the computer screen, and my ears filled with loud, emotionally intense music. Perhaps that's why I haven't been sleeping too well. I need to get a grip and drag myself away for a bit... regain some balance.

I'll be back as soon as I manage to get rid of this monstrous headache...
floatingleaf: (peace)
Here's a cute meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] taelyn_sass:

You Have a Hippie Soul

You are free as the wind, and you don't like following rules.

You're open minded and nonjudgemental. You just enjoy the journey of life.

You're neither a leader nor a follower. You're own your own blissful path.

You believe that people should love more and hate less. It's really that simple.

And another one: )
floatingleaf: (Rossetti flaming hair)
So, there's this sexuality meme/survey I've been meaning to do. I stole it from [livejournal.com profile] goddessofchaos. It's meant for asexual people, but the questions can be modified depending on your orientation.:) Feel welcome to grab it - though if you're straight, I guess "coming out" and related topics don't apply.:P

1. What is your romantic/sexual orientation?

I'm a biromantic (or, perhaps, panromantic) demisexual. That is, gender does not determine who I fall in love with - but actually falling in love is a necessary prerequisite for me to be able to experience any sort of sexual attraction. Or, to be precise, the more intense my feelings for someone, the greater the degree of physical/sexual intimacy I am willing to engage in. Read more... )
floatingleaf: (nymph)
Apparently, my deep and thoughtful posts aren't any more interesting than the shallow, mundane ones.:| Oh well. I'm used to talking to myself, so yeah. *shrug*

In absence of any momentous news, here's the next installment of the A-Z meme. M is for Modern Life... )
floatingleaf: (seductive)
Again, the weekend went way too fast for my liking... but at least it was kind of productive, as weekends go. Yesterday, I did a big load of laundry in addition to the grocery shopping, as well as watched a movie (on streaming!... yay!... I can watch movies directly online through the Netflix website again!... and the picture quality is perfectly smooth, with no stops and starts!... I LOVE my new PC!!!...:D). Today, I went on a quest for new shoes, because my favorite pair of black sandals - actually, make it my ONLY relatively comfortable pair of black sandals - has started coming apart at the seams. So it was an urgent mission, lol. I wear black a lot, especially to work - I have this gorgeous, flowing, Gypsy-style black skirt, bought a few months ago, that I wear at least twice a week. So I need stylish black sandals to go with it. And I have an old pair, which is still in very good condition, as well as very pretty - but, for the life of me, I cannot walk in them.:/ Not any more. I could, perhaps, wear them to a party, provided I was planning on sitting in a chair with my legs crossed, sipping a drink the entire time.;) For everyday walking to the bus stop, I need shoes that don't transform every step into a study of pain.:/ And I think I found some (I won't be 100% sure until after I've worn them for at least a few hours...). For a reasonable price, too. And while I was at it, I also found two nice tops (a lacy black one, perfect for work, and a very casual "faded" olive green one for the weekends), a cute cardigan (also in olive green - I love that color) and a pretty tribal-style necklace (a set of wooden and/or bone disks in shades of brown/beige - it will go perfectly well with a number of my summer outfits). All for about eighty bucks total. So definitely a successful venture.:)

And now, before I turn in for the night, here's another installment of the A-Z meme. L is for Looks... )
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